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By Mark Smalley | Distributed Ledger Technology & Decentralized Finance

South African Central Bank 'Open' to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

South Africa’s central bank is “open” to cryptocurrencies and blockchain, according to new statements from its governor.<p>In a speech today at a …

South Africa

US Nuclear Research Lab Developing Bitcoin Analysis Tool

A federally funded research lab run by Lockheed Martin is developing a bitcoin analytics tool for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).<p>The …

Bitcoin

How the blockchain will enable self-service government

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Open Data

The Internet of Things Needs A Ledger of Things

<i>Animating the Objects in our Environment</i><p>Using emerging software and technologies, we can instill intelligence into existing infrastructure such as a power grid by adding smart devices that can communicate with one another, reconfigure themselves depending upon availability of bandwidth, storage, or …

Bitcoin

Microsoft and Mootipass Bet Identity Could be Blockchains’ Killer App

The very latest in government-sanctioned identity technology.<p>In the age of virtual reality and artificial intelligence, identities can be stolen with …

Identity

Applying Blockchain to Trade Finance - Chris Skinner's blog

After Clearing and Settlement as a blockchain use case, the next big area of interest is Trade Finance. This is primarily because it’s an area full …

Finance

Rakuten Acquires Bitcoin Startup Team for Blockchain Lab Launch

Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten is opening a blockchain development lab in the UK, a move that follows its acquisition of former employees at …

Bitcoin

ASX Completes First Distributed Ledger Prototype

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) announced today that it has completed the first phase of an initiative to explore the development of a …

Prototypes

Expert shortage hampers Japanese financials in blockchain race

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese financial firms risk falling behind on the world stage as efforts to adopt blockchain technology that promises to save billions of dollars in backroom processing and revolutionize the finance industry are hamstrung by a dearth of specialists.<p>Banks, brokerages and insurers …

Steemit Is Like Reddit, But Where Upvotes Equal a Cryptocurrency Payout | Motherboard

A homeless man can afford to buy an RV thanks to a popular blog post. A woman earns a year’s salary from a YouTube makeup tutorial. An African writer starts with three hours of electricity per day and ends with over $40,000 dollars.<p>These are some of the striking and somewhat implausible-sounding …

Reddit

Japanese Banks Plan Blockchain Currency Exchange

A group of Japanese financial institutions are looking to create a blockchain-based platform they could leverage to cut costs on domestic and foreign …

Japan

11 Blockchain API Providers That Are Allowing Developers to Build Next-Generation Applications

April 28, 2016  By : Kate<p>APIs can be fairly called a force that powers innovative solutions bright entrepreneurs come up with in FinTech and …

APIs

Perth Startup Set to Begin Trials of P2P Energy Trading on the Blockchain

Advertised sites are not endorsed by us. They may be unsafe, untrustworthy, or illegal in your jurisdiction.<p><b>An Australian company aims to change the</b> …

Energy

WEF report predicts 80pc of banks will use blockchain by 2017

A new detailed report issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the future infrastructure of banking has found that blockchain will play an …

Banking

Blockchain for Business | Series Pilot

Blockchain Democracy: Government Of The People, By The People, For The People

We live in a crisis-wracked world. “The once-heralded Arab Spring has given way almost everywhere to conflict and repression,” wrote Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “Many governments have responded to the turmoil by downplaying or abandoning human rights,” using the Internet …

Democracy

Plane Maker Airbus Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Project

French airplane manufacturer Airbus has joined the Hyperledger Project, the Linux Foundation-led blockchain initiative.<p>The Toulouse-based …

Airplanes

Bitcoin's technology has a surprising fan: IBM

The technology may lead to smoother transactions and less disputes, which could ultimately mean lower prices and faster delivery for …

IBM

Steemit Bridges Blockchain and Social Media, But How Does It Work?

When an obscure cryptocurrency with a total market cap of approximately $14m skyrockets to over $350m, people take notice.<p>But, when that …

Social Media

The Emergence of Blockchains as Activity Registers

<i>Antony Lewis is a bitcoin and blockchain consultant, who previously served as the director of business development at bitcoin exchange itBit.</i><p><i>In this</i> …

Bitcoin

Making Blockchain Waves With National Currencies Mobilizing Centralized Order Matching

Die-hard fans claim bitcoin is a panacea for the world’s financial ills and will be adopted for everything from bank clearing to stock exchanges. But this future-gazing misses where the use cases are right now – and therefore where the easy wins are for broader blockchain tech.<p>Ask around the …

Bitcoin

Cryptography as Democratic Weapon Against Demagoguery

<i>Nozomi Hayase, PhD, is a writer who has been covering issues of freedom of speech, transparency and decentralized movements.</i><p><i>In this opinion piece,</i> …

Encryption

Singapore Central Bank Adds Blockchain CEOs to New Advisory Panel

Some of the most recognizable leaders in the blockchain industry have agreed to participate in a newly launched advisory panel organized by the …

Singapore

IBM, Microsoft Are Building Our Blockchain Future—and They're Not Afraid to Butt Heads

IBM and Microsoft are the two tech giants taking the most concerted, diversified leap into owning our blockchain-tinted future. In our series on IBM, …

Microsoft

The Theory of a Blockchain Circular Economy

<i>William Mougayar is the author of "The Business Blockchain", and a board advisor to the Ethereum Foundation, the non-profit that oversees the</i> …

Circular economy

Swedish Bank Joins Bitcoin Processor's $4 Million Series A

Swedish banking giant SEB Group and a Danish venture capital firm have invested $4m in Coinify, a digital currency payment processor based in …

Denmark

Alibaba's Jack Ma takes on murky China charities in first blockchain foray

by Lulu Yilun Chen<p>Chinese billionaire Jack Ma wants to pry the lid off China's opaque charities. Ant Financial, the affiliate of Alibaba Group …

Jack Ma

Rakuten Sizes Up BitNet To Build Blockchain-Based Loyalty Program

Tokyo-based e-commerce company Rakuten, is planning to acquire the intellectual property assets of Bitcoin payment processor, BitNet.<p>Rakuten Inc, has …

Rakuten

The world’s regulators are racing to develop blockchain policy.

Hot Takes<p>The world’s regulators are racing to develop blockchain policy.<p>If you follow our work you will be familiar with regulatory movement here in …

Bitcoin